Employer Engagement in schools : Wagstaff Recruitment Case Study

Employer engagement in schools and directly with young people is an important part of ensuring that young people receive the inspiration and access to networks they require to make informed choices.

Wagstaff Recruitment

We caught up with Ruth Forster from Wagstaff Recruitment. Wagstaff Recruitment is based in Staffordshire employs 8 staff and has been supporting Chase Technology College for 4 years after getting involved through the Southern Staffordshire Employment and Skills Board

What types of events and activities do you support the school with?

We run assemblies, Dragon’s Den activities, careers interviews and careers fairs.

How much time does this take up?

Approximately 20 hours per year

What value do you believe your involvement with the school brings to students?

The time we spend there gives students an opportunity to engage with adults from a business environment. It exposes them to different scenarios and expands their communication from potentially just the parent and teacher relationships.

What value does working with the school and students bring to your business?

Spending time with students keeps us informed on how the next generation think, their opinions and their drivers for the future.

Is there a moment or story that sticks in your mind which shows just why it’s crucial for our business community should support their local schools?

After my last school assembly where I talked about how to be the best you can be, talked through personal brand and then shared my personal careers journey. I was given the following feedback from the Head of Careers:

Julie Poppleton asked this specific pupil in his careers meeting what his thoughts were on what GCSE choices he may make, he responded “I think I may now take Business Studies” Julie asked “ Why?” the response was “ Well, after hearing the lady speak this morning, I may look at starting my own business one day”

Goose bump moment for me, I felt proud that I had had a positive impact and offered inspiration. This is why I personally do this.

Would you have any tips for other businesses who are thinking about getting involved with their local school?

We have a massive skills gap, across every sector, it is our duty, as adults to showcase the opportunities out there and inspire the next generation. You may get personal gains for your business but if you don’t, shouldn’t we all be trying to inspire the next generation into how fab the world of work is?

Next Steps:

  • Still not sure where to start when planning activity then get in touch
  • What are you doing in schools or with young people in your local area? You could be recognised with our Talent Match Mark Awards

For more information, please email info@youthemployment.org.uk or call 01536 513388.

Looking for Youth Friendly Employers?

Find out more about some of the organisations offering high quality training and work opportunities to young people. Your next dream role could be just a click away…

Latest Articles

See more

Kickstart Guide for Employers

In its recent work the Youth Employment Group has identified that the UK needs to create 1000 opportunities a day […]

Good Youth Employment Charter and 1000 Opportunities Campaign Launched September 2020

The Good Youth Employment Charter and 1,000 Opportunities Campaign have been launched by Youth Employment UK and a network of […]

Career Planning: A Simple 4-Step Process to Get Started

Have you dedicated time to career planning? It’s worth it! A solid career planning process can help you work out […]

How has job hunting for young people changed during COVID-19? Get tips from Youth Ambassador Alina

Young job hunters during COVID-19 face increased competition and new online processes. Our Youth Ambassador Alina shares tips for other […]